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Dr Zoe Alikakos has been a pediatrician for 19 years in the southwest suburbs of Chicago. She attended Northwestern University for undergrad, and UIC School of Medicine for her medial degree. She has extensive experience in the matters of pediatric and adolescent mental illness, and though it is not her specialty field, she is often the initial professional to recognize and diagnose anxiety and depression. She has teenage twin boys.
Christopher Chiakulas has worked in education the last 16 years, including the last 6 as a school counselor in Round Lake District 116. He is in his first year as the Post-secondary Counselor at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. He has presented at professional development conferences on his work with first-generation and low-income students. He was selected as the 2018 ACT K-12 College and Career Readiness Champion for Illinois and serves on the Ripon College High School Counselor Advisory Board. Christopher has been a high school teacher, coach, career coordinator, and worked as an academic advisor at the college level. He has a Master of Arts in Secondary Education and a Master of Education in School Counseling.
Fr. Athanasios was born and grew up in Des Plaines, at St. John the Baptist church. He comes from a family with two older sisters and a younger brother. He graduated from Maine West High School, went to college at Illinois State University, and then became a teacher and social worker. His hobbies include reading the lives of the saints, playing sports and writing. He also used to write for the Chicago Tribune. He is married to Presvytera Katerina and they have a daughter, Alexandra and son Panayiotis.
Panagiotis Kanellos is a Junior at North Shore Country Day School. He is active in playing varsity baseball and golf at North Shore, as well as playing with the U18 Skokie Flyers hockey club.
He is an altar boy at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview and is also active in their GOYA program. He has attended Fanari Camp for the past 5 years. He has volunteered his time at Feed the Starving children as well as Oak Terrace where he has been able to help under privileged kids.
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Dr. Randa Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who treats individual adults, adolescents and children in her private practice with offices in Gurnee and Park Ridge. She is a member of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute in Chicago.
Dr. Anderson has presented seminars and retreats at many parishes across the Pan Orthodox Community in the Chicago area. She feels passionate about integrating concepts from psychology and Orthodoxy in ways that can be practically applied to everyday life. In addition, Dr. Anderson has recorded podcasts for “Come Receive the Light” on the Orthodox Christian Network, as well as for “Family Matters” on Ancient Faith Radio. Her podcast on “Managing Our Tech Habits Before They Manage Us” can be found here.
Steve Milak has been a software engineer for the past 16 years. The vast majority of this time has been spent in big tech working on ads operating systems. His experience embedded in the industry during large paradigm shifts including the emergence of social-media, mobile, smart devices, artificial intelligence, and machine learning makes him uniquely qualified to provide perspective to those parenting children navigating these new landscapes.
He is married to Toni and has four children - Nikolas, Stefanie, Anthony, and Nektaria. His family has been involved at Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church in Westchester, Ill. sincen they married in 2003. His personal interest in technology revolves around healthy usage patterns and how this is modeled for children.
George K. Bovis is a board-certified neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain tumors, trigeminal neuralgia, aneurysms and AVMs. He utilizes a comprehensive approach to treating his patients, doing absolutely everything he can to identify and eliminate the underlying cause of symptoms or the risk of future harm. Dr. Bovis is recognized as a national leader in the use of Gamma Knife radiosurgery to treat inoperable or inaccessible brain tumors or lesions, as well as patients who would be unable to tolerate open surgery because of advanced age or other complicating conditions. Because of his experience and national standing, Dr. Bovis was appointed Medical Director for the Illinois Gamma Knife Center at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.